The Mets have put star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right hip flexor, retroactive to Monday, according to a team announcement and Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.
Cespedes is eligible to come back on May 24. For now, New York has recalled utility man Phillip Evans from Triple-A Reno to fill Cespedes’ spot on the roster.
Cespedes suffered the injury during a game on May 6, but played through it over the next nine days. During that span, he went 5 for 15 at the dish with a home run and two walks in five games.
Cespedes has had multiple hip injuries over the last couple of seasons, but this is the first one that has put him on the DL. He has also battled left and right hamstring injuries, which put him on the DL multiple times last year, and quad issues.
Since 2016, Cespedes has played in only 250 games for the Mets, with his highest total being 132 in 2016, when he hit 31 home runs and drove in 86 runs during an All-Star campaign. This year, Cespedes is batting .255 with eight homers, 28 RBI and a .790 OPS in 37 games.